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Metal News for June 23, 2017

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25 news articles posted on this day.

Ether Posts "No Gods, No Masters"

Sludge metal band Ether today reveals "No Gods, All Masters" a new track from forthcoming album "There Is Nothing Left For Me Here." Give it a listen below.

"There Is Nothing Left For Me Here" will be released on July 7th, 2017 via Dead Truth Recordings. The record was written amidst the separation and divorce process of a member, which steadies the mood of the record toward complete and utter abandonment.

Lyrically, "TINLFMH" touches on the personal but focuses on current socio-political affairs, the whitewashing of historically tragic events, western programming, capitalism, and other tenets of denigration of the human condition.

The record is as emotive as it is crushing, combining haunting melodies with Sabbath-esque riffs, to present something truly cathartic. Ether maintains a DIY punk ethic, releasing records independently and booking tours personally. The band consists of:

Daniel Burger - drums
Devin Estep - guitar/vox
Peter Kovalsky - guitar/vox/banjo/toy piano
Joshua Shomburg - bass/vox/gong
George Geanuracos - violin/vox More...

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As Paradise Falls Releases New Video

Brisbane’s As Paradise Falls today releases a music video for the song "Dead Message," taken from upcoming full-length album "Digital Ritual." The video was produced by Ben Wrigley at Third Eye Visuals, and the album was produced by Shane Edwards (Northlane, Thy Art Is Murder).

“This song explores communication in the digital age, and how so many interactions between friends occur online” states guitarist Danny Kenneally. “Digital communication lives in a strange duality of being so vital, while at other times being flippantly disregarded the minute it doesn't meet our interests. Do we prefer isolation and are we bored with humanity, or are we just becoming lazy?”

"Digital Ritual" drops on July 21st and As Paradise Falls fans in Australia can also catch these upcoming tour dates:

July 1 – Fortitude Valley @ The Brightside w/ A Breach of Silence
July 29 - Brisbane, QLD @ Jubilee Hotel w/ Dead of Winter Fest
August 19 - Brisbane @ Crowbar
September 1 - Adelaide @ Enigma Bar
September 2 - Melbourne @ BANG
September 9 - Sydney @ The Bald Faced Stag More...

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Loviatar Streaming "Nascent"

Canadian post-rock/doom four-piece Loviatar (pronounced low-vye-ah-tar) just posted a lyric video taken from the band's self-titled debut full-length, which is due out worldwide on July 28th, 2017 via Prosthetic Records.

The track "Nascent" is the first of the three-part "Stygian Wyrm" opus and can be heard below. Loviatar comments "'Nascent' is the first movement of he Stygian Wyrm trilogy. The song relates the birth of a dragon in fire, death and thunder, his formative years in solitude and his experiences among humans. Focusing on human failings, corruption and the inevitable apocalypse, Loviatar's debut opus will be released over the coming weeks."

The band's new self-titled album features two monolithic tracks: the aforementioned "Stygian Wyrm" (broken down into three parts for the digital release) and "Blind Goddess of the Nine Plagues." It will be available on all digital platforms, digipack CD and a limited edition gold and black swirl LP. Pre-orders are available here.

1. Nascent (Stygian Wyrm Part I) - 6:11
2. Discordant (Stygian Wyrm Part II) - 3:39
3. Ascendant (Stygian Wyrm Part III) - 8:07
4. Blind Goddess of the Nine Plagues - 19:03 More...

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Goatwhore Posts Full Album Online

Today marks the official descent of "Vengeful Ascension," the new full-length album from New Orleans metal practitioners Goatwhore. In celebration of its release, today the LP is streaming in full below.

Goatwhore is currently ravaging stages through the U.S. and Canada on a near-three-week headlining tour with Vancouver metallers, Anciients. The tour commenced June 9th and will run through July 1st.

The band's latest journey comes in advance of a North American fall takeover supporting UK-based metal icons Venom Inc. The Blood Stained Earth Tour will pillage twenty-eight cities from September 1st through October 2nd. Additional support will be provided by Portland punk thrashers Toxic Holocaust and Ohio deathcore unit The Convalescence. See all confirmed dates after the album stream. More...

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Cold Black Releasing New Album

After years of touring, the electronic-infused metalcore quintet Cold Black is prepared to release new full-length album "Circles."

Incorporating synth, melodic vocals, and heavy instrumentation more seamlessly than ever before, the band is ready to unleash thsee new tracks to captivate fans old and new on August 18th via Artery Recordings.

01. Circles
02. Resound
03. Call of the Wild
04. Miles _ Miles
05. Dead End Eyes
06. Throw Me to the Wolves
07.The Rain
08. Fire Walk More...

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Pig's Blood Streaming Full Album

Wisconsin death metal act Pig’s Blood is set to release a self-titled debut album through Godz ov War Productions on June 30th, 2017. You can now listen to "Pig’s Blood" in full ahead of its release below.

All album noise was recorded in February 2017 by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studio. The cover artwork of the album was designed by Chris Ellis of Pig's Blood and the track listing is as follows:

1. Misanthrope Absolute
2. Iron Justice
3. Taste the Fucking Poison
4. Torches of War and Retribution
5. Rats (This World is a Sewer)
6. Death March Insanity
7. The Age of Endless War
8. First Step in Making Things Right
9. Deniers of the Root
10. There Will Be No Law More...

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Cold Blooded Streams "Forever War"

“Forever War” - a new track from Spokane, Washington’s own Cold Blooded - just came online and can be heard below. A sludgy song of epic proportions, the track is taken from the forthcoming full-length album "Throne Burner," due to be released via Blackhouse Records (Prison Religion, Ras Kass) on 7/21 and produced by Bill Nieman.

Speaking on the album’s title and lyrical through-line for the songs, vocalist Ethan Kennedy said: “In the past I wrote lyrics inspired by books or films that affected me. However with Throne Burner I started writing shortly before the presidential election and I knew no matter who won, a good deal of this country would be supremely pissed off and extremely divided.

"I wrote about all the negativity and violence in America and the influences that in turn has on our society. Some songs are from the perspective of someone directly affected by the violence, some deal with those of us viewing it in the media and even to the perspective of someone who wants to perpetrate the violence.”

To further hone the sonic chaos the band enlisted Topon Das of avant-grind freaks Fuck The Facts to contribute several sound-collage interludes (as well as master the record). Speaking on Das’s relationship to the band, Kennedy related: “we’ve opened for Fuck The Facts several times and they are one of our favorite bands. We also bonded because our old drummer owns a food truck of some renown and we invited them down after a show to gorge themselves. That definitely solidified our friendship.” More...

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Brendon Small's Galaktikon Streaming New Song

The wait is over - Dethklok mastermind Brendon Small has unleashed a brand new, full track cut from his upcoming high-stakes intergalactic extreme rock/metal album, "Galaktikon II: Become The Storm."

The album will officially drop August 25th, 2017 via Megaforce Records/MRI and today a new single, entitled "My Name Is Murder." is available for streaming below.

Brendon Small says: "I wrote all the riffs for 'My Name Is Murder' in one sitting, and it quickly became a favorite while we were making the record. Story-wise, this song is about a bad dude doing very bad things, and writing from the POV of a bad guy is very, very fun for me."

1. Some Days Are For Dying
2. Icarus Six Sixty Six
3. The Agenda
4. The Ocean Galaktik
5. My Name Is Murder
6. Become The Storm
7. Nightmare
8. Could This Be The End
9. To Kill A God
10. Exitus
11. Rebuilding A Planet More...

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Samael Releases "Angel Of Wrath" Lyric Video

After playing very special live sets at Inferno and Metalmania Festivals earlier in spring, the Swiss black metal pioneers from Samael are now ready to reveal a first glimpse into their upcoming album that will crown their 30th band anniversary later this year.

Samael just issued a lyric video for the new song "Angel of Wrath." The song is the first single from the new album "Hegemony," which is scheduled for release on October 13th via Napalm Records.

More information on the album is expected soon. Check out "Angel of Wrath" below and catch these Samael festival shows:

10.10.17 CZ - Josefov / Brutal Assault
10.09.17 IT - Trezzo Sull'adda / Metal Italia Festival
14.10.17 US - Oakland / California Desert Fest

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Force Majeure Streams New Song "Gemini Rising"

Finnish melodic power metal act Force Majeure is streaming the new song "Gemini Rising." The song appears on the band's upcoming third full length studio album entitled "The Rise of Starlit Fires," which is set for release on September 8th via Mighty Music.

"The Rise of Starlit Fires" is the first full length album to feature vocalist Marcus Lång (Excalion), who joined the band in 2014 and debuted on the single "The Great Starfall."

Check out "Gemini Rising" here:

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Epica To Issue New EP, Posts New Video

Dutch symphonic metal act Epica issued a video clip for the brand new song "The Solace System." The song appears on the upcoming new EP of the same name expected to drop on September 1st via Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-order packages can be had at this location.

"The Solace System" was recorded, mixed and mastered by our dream team, Joost van den Broek and Jacob Hansen. The splendid artwork (shown below) is once again created by the hand of Stefan Heilemann, and the magnificent music video was created by anime master, Davide Cilloni.

Guitarist/songwriter Mark Jansen commented: "'The Holographic Principle' sessions were so fruitful that we had many songs left that didn’t fit on the album, but were also way too solid to become 'ordinary' bonus tracks. That’s why we decided to release them as a brand new separately release. All six songs just belong together and this way they will stay together. :) Once more, I’m also very happy with the amazing artwork of Stefan Heilemann! Enjoy listening to our latest creations.”

The track listing for the EP is:

1. The Solace System
2. Fight Your Demons
3. Architect of Light
4. Wheel of Destiny
5. Immortal Melancholy
6. Decoded Poetry More...

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The Haunted Blasts Forth With "Brute Force"

Sweden's The Haunted issued a music video for the first single from the upcoming new album "Strength In Numbers," coming August 25th via Century Media Records. Check out "Brute Force" in the player below.

The album was recorded at Parlour Studios in the UK with producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, The Exploited). The track listing an album artwork is:

1. Fill the Darkness with Black
2. Brute Force
3. Spark
4. Preachers of Death
5. Strength in Numbers
6. Tighten the Noose
7. This Is the End
8. The Fall
9. Means to an End
10. Monuments More...

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Night Legion Posts Video For New Song "Hell Below"

Forged in the fires of internationally acclaimed acts ranging from Death Dealer and Blasted to Static to Empires of Eden and Aussie metal royalty Dungeon, Night Legion unleashes razor-sharp power metal to make your ears bleed – in the best possible way. Today, the band issued a music video for the new song "Hell Below." The song appears on the upcoming debut self-titled album coming this fall via Massacre Records.

The artwork for "Night Legion" was created by Dushan Markovic. That and the video for "Hell Bellow" can be viewed here:


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Dirkschneider Issues "Living For Tonite" DVD Clip

In addition to the still ongoing successful "Back To The Roots" Tour, Dirkschneider will release "Live - Back To The Roots - Accepted!" on August 4th (EU) and August 18th (USA) via AFM Records as a DVD/2CD, BluRay/2CD and GTF, as well as triple Vinyl in two different colors. Check out a clip of "Living for Tonite" in the player below.

After putting out the live double CD last year ("Back to the Roots"), fans were asking for a visual output, so finally, in December 2016, the show in Brno (Czech Republic) was recorded for that purpose. Besides many classics from Udo Dirkscheider's Accept era, there's a cover version of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" as bonus track on the CD and Vinyl.

The singer with the charismatic voice had his musical breakthrough with Accept in the early 80s. "It's still so much fun to sing these songs live, they are a part of my biography, but nevertheless it's about time to turn that page. There was so much talking and speculations about me and Accept, so this is kind of a musical statement from my end - which seems to be very interesting for the fans who came to these shows."

After the triumph all over the world in 2016, including tours in Israel and Japan, summer festivals and live shows in the US, Russia and Europe, Dirkschneider (now with Jon Oliva's Pain guitarist Bill Hudson) continues touring in 2017 and 2018, including a second more extensive tour of North America. The new dates will feature an almost completely NEW set list. Of course, it will still contain only Accept hits, but this time with many different songs compared to the last tours.

The track listing for the

CD 1:

1. Intro
2. Starlight
3. Living For Tonite
4. Flash Rockin‘ Man
5. London Leatherboys
6. Midnight Mover
7. Breaker
8. Head Over Heels
9. Neon Nights
10. Princess Of The Dawn
11. Winter Dreams
12. Restless And Wild
13. Son Of A Bitch
14. Up To The Limit More...

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Blind Guardian Posts "Twilight Of The Gods" Live

Germany-based progressive power metallers Blind Guardian issued another clip from the upcoming "Live Beyond the Spheres" 3CD/4LP boxset live release expected to drop on July 7th from Nuclear Blast Records. Check out "Twilight of the Gods" in the player below.

This is the first live record from the band in 14 years. The complete track listing is:

CD 1:

1. The Ninth Wave
2. Banish From Sanctuary
3. Nightfall
4. Prophecies (see clip here)
5. Tanelorn
6. The Last Candle
7. And Then There Was Silence

CD 2:

1. The Lord Of The Rings
2. Fly
3. Bright Eyes
4. Lost In The Twilight Hall
5. Imaginations From The Other Side
6. Into The Storm
7. Twilight Of The Gods
8. A Past And Future Secret
9. And The Story Ends More...

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Blazing Rust Streams New Song "Hellbringer"

Russian old school metal band Blazing Rust is streaming the new song "Hellbringer," the opening track from the upcoming debut album "Armed To Exist." The album drops via Pure Steel Records on July 28th. Check it out in the player below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Hellbringer
2. Shimmering Dawn
3. Blazing Rust
4. Dying World
5. Blindfold
6. Almighty Lord
7. Witch
8. Time of the Brave
9. Under the Spell

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Last Pharaoh Signs With Pure Steel Records

Westchester, New York power/progressive metal act Last Pharaoh has signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records for the upcoming debut album entitled "The Mantle of Spiders."

Last Pharaoh plays classic melodic U.S. metal with epic elements. The sound is characterized by the melodic and powerful voice of Tommy Santangelo (Rune Angel, Reaper). This is completed by excellent guitar work by shredmaster Ron Toth (Symphony of Shred, Tothic, Jakob's Tier) and by the pressing rhythm group - Michael James (Seventh Calling, Lugosis Needle) on bass and Ed Shelinsky (Sanction, Sinister, Soundquake) on the drums.

Each of the band members have years of experience under their belts, both in the studio and live, which is heard within sound of the band. The debut album is currently in the works so you can prepare yourself for a masterpiece of precious metal.

The band commented: "Last Pharaoh is very excited to announce our signing with Pure Steel Records. We are proud to be joining the brotherhood and working together with this amazing label. Stay tuned for the release of our first full length record, 'The Mantle Of Spiders.'"

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Russkaja Issues "Hey Road" Lyric Video

Austrian turbo polka act Russkaja issued a lyric video for the new song "Hey Road." It is the opening track from the new album "Kosmopoliturbo" coming on August 4th via Napalm Records.

Get ready for more upbeat powerful songs that swing between countries, languages and cultures - high speed, groovy polka ska meshes with distorted guitars and Sparkling violins let the big bass baritone vocals of lead singer Georgij Alexandowitsch Makazaria shine as bright as the stars.

The full track listing reads as follows:

1. Hey Road
2. Alive
3. Still In Love
4. Hello Japan
5. Volle Kraft Voraus
6. Mare Mare
7. Cheburaschka
8. La Musica
9. Chef De Cuisine
10. Send You An Angel

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Salems Lott Issues "Enigma" Video Clip

Hollywood-based shock rock/metal act Salems Lott has been making a name on the Sunset Strip since its inception in 2013, selling out venues such as House of Blues, The Whisky A Go Go, The Roxy and Viper Room countless times. Performing a heavy speed metal sound mixed with shocking theatrics and an even more surprising look, the band has amassed fans from here to Japan with their antics and sound.

With the recent release of part one of the new two-part album series "Mask Of Morality," the band delves into socially-conscious themes on individualism, values, morality and current politics. One of the more eye-opening tracks on the album, entitled "Enigma," focuses on freedom of speech on both sides of the societal coin.

The band issued a brand new music video for "Enigma," which was directed by Ian Moore and produced by UWOWI. The video features custom anime-style animation depicting the band in a dystopian society whose people are on the verge of battle with one another. The battle stems from the dissolving of individualism and a hyper-focus on equality. Watch it in the player below.

Lead guitarist Jett Black says, "The anime portion portrays a hypothetical fictional future in which the ideology of equality attains complete dominance. Wealth, prosperity, individualism are ostracized and violently subdued. Conversely, equality and collectivism are promoted to its utter extreme. These two opposing views inevitably battle it out. Throughout the video the band symbolizes the lost archetype of yang - order - the father and all of the archetypal elements embodied. In contrast, the authoritative figures of the future and the violent activists of the modern day, embody the extreme archetype of yin - chaos - the overbearing mother."

Black adds, "Freedom of speech is the mechanism in which a healthy society remains balanced and not swayed by either extreme. In the video, we see the signs of an unbalanced extreme being pushed forward through violent suppression of free speech (opposing views). This is something we are seeing today more commonly and would ultimately lead to a Marxist 'utopian' future as the one depicted in the anime. Hence the title "Enigma" (other than censorship reasons): The nature of an ideology that is deeply damaging/authoritative but masquerades under the innocent good intentioned guise of compassion (while any opposing view is vilified), which makes it so mysterious, ambiguous and hard to identify as the problem. The shadowy figure silencing individuals through force and its extended intimidation."

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Ten Streams New Song "La Luna Dra-cu-la"

British melodic hard rock band Ten has posted another new song from the upcoming new album "Gothica," which will drop on July 7, 2017 via Frontiers Music Srl. Check out "La Luna Dra-cu-la" in the player below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. The Grail
2. Jekyll And Hyde
3. Travellers
4. Man For All Seasons
5. In My Dreams
6. The Wild King Of Winter
7. Paragon
8. Welcome To The Freak Show
9. La Luna Dra-cu-la
10. Into Darkness

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Headline News

MetalDays Tolmin Festival Reveals Running Order

The running order for MetalDays’ 2017 edition has been published today on the festival’s official website. Do you want to know when your favorite bands will be playing there and how to prepare yourself best for the party season?

Well, you can now check it out on the day-by-day line-up page of the website. Please note that this running order is preliminary and may be subject to changes in the near future.

The new map of the festival’s location has also been made available to the public. You can take note of all the changes and details by clicking here. Let us remind you that a third stage called “New Forces Stage” will make its appearance for the first time in 2017! Besides, the festival team decided to renew the project of installing a camp reserved for the single girls attending the event, among other things.


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Somnium Nox Premieres "Transcendental Dysphoria"

Australian black metal band Somnium Nox is streaming a new music video for "Transcendental Dysphoria", taken from the band's new album "Terra Inanis", out now on Transcending Obscurity.

Check out now "Transcendental Dysphoria" below.

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Gravesite Debuts "Postmortem Fetal Extrusion"

Italian thrash and old-school death metal band Gravesite debuts a new song entitled "Postmortem Fetal Extrusion", taken from the upcoming new album "Neverending Trail of Skulls", which is set for release on August 1 via Xtreem Music. "Neverending Trail of Skulls" was recorded by Umberto Furlan at Black Sun Studio and was mastered by Dan Lowndes at Resonance Sound Studio, with cover artwork created by Matteo Zanella.

Check out now "Postmortem Fetal Extrusion" below.

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Leng Tch'e Premieres New Song "Cirrhosis"

Belgian death grind veterans Leng Tch'e premiere a new song entitled "Cirrhosis", taken from their forthcoming new album "Razogrind", which Season Of Mist will have in stores on August 25th.

Check out now "Cirrhosis" below.

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Hundred Suns Premieres New Song "Last Apology"

Hundred Suns - featuring Norma Jean vocalist Cory Brandan, ex-Every Time I Die drummer Ryan Leger and former Dead And Divine guitarist Chris LeMasters - premieres a new song entitled "Last Apology", taken from the upcoming debut album, "The Prestaliis", which will be out in stores August 11th through New Damage Records.

Check out now "Last Apology" below.

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